He told the French paper he wanted to demonstrate he "would not make small concessions, not even symbolic ones", while adding he didn't want to overdo things either.
In his three-day visit in Brussels, Macron and Trump met for the first time for lunch before a gathering of European and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders last Thursday.
The setting for a rematch was an outdoor photo op of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders.
Macron told the Journal du Dimanche newspaper his approach to the encounter had been about getting respect, saying it was "not innocent".
"After calling North Atlantic Treaty Organisation "obsolete" Trump needed to say what every predecessor since Truman has said: The US is committed to Art 5". "Each president gripped the other's hand with considerable intensity, their knuckles turning white and their jaws clenching and faces tightening".
But a French official is quoting Trump as telling the election's victor, centrist President Emmanuel Macron, that he favored him all along. But the presidents body language and that of those around him has spoken volumes. When Macron does get around to greeting Trump, Trump goes for the grab-and-pull.
It would appear Trump's favorite display of dominance only works when he has the element of surprise, as physically overpowering a 70-year-old man who can't be bothered to walk down the street is not a challenging task for most.
"It's not the alpha and the omega of politics, but a moment of truth", CNN quoted the French President as saying in the interview. This handshake makes sense when you see the previous video.